My English Matters was founded by the three of us, Amnah, Azimah and Aisya. We provide resources and lessons to help you learn to speak, write and communicate in English with confidence, while having a ton of fun doing so!
We grew up in a multi-ethnic district of Manchester, U.K. for almost eight years. It was there that we became well-acquainted with the importance of mastering a second language.
Our main objective is to help Malaysians and non-native speakers improve their English through fun online courses and live workshops. We specialise in teaching English as a second language, English communication, presentation and writing for undergraduates and adults in the working environment .
After spending more than six years in marketing for a telecommunications company, Amnah decided to leave her corporate career and pursue freelancing doing English and Malay translation. She now takes care of the business and marketing side of My English Matters while raising her three boisterous boys at home. When she does have some free time on her hands, she enjoys reading and binge-listening to podcasts on entrepreneurship, personal development and other inspiring content.
Azimah Shurfa has twelve years of teaching experience in public universities, teaching subjects such as Public Speaking, English, Linguistics and Drama. She has a Master’s Degree in English as a Second Language and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Sciences, majoring in English Linguistics and Literature. She is also a certified trainer in adult learning. In her spare time, she loves to read books on personal growth, communication, teaching practices and productivity. She also loves to travel with her husband and daughter. She is currently a freelance translator, editor and instructor. Her focus is now on teaching English communication to the mass, with a focus on young adults and professionals.
Aisya spent over half a decade in university poring over English literature and falling in love with some of the greatest writers and poets before she decided it was time for her to leave the academic world behind (for now) to create a bit of art of her own. With a degree in English Literature, she has spent the past nine years as a freelancer doing editing, translating and voice-overs for commercials. When she’s not busy working, Aisya, who truly believes in the healing powers of art, can usually be found painting, drawing and sculpting, writing and performing music, and going wherever her passion for the full creative life takes her.
Below are a few testimonials from students of our workshops and training programmes:
“Love [the training]! It helped to build my confidence. I learned techniques that I can apply at my workplace.” – Noor Afira, 33, Communications Executive.
“I love [the training] very much. I feel great having this opportunity. Love! Love! Love!” – Roskhatijah, 36, Post Doctoral.
“It was a really great experience for myself. I’ve enjoyed all the videos sent to my email and that’s what triggered me to join the class. I was hesitant at first whether to join or not, but I believed this class would help me improve my English skills and to be more assertive in my daily communication. Good job and I will definitely join the next session if you have one. :-)” – Roziani Asikin, 31, Accounting Specialist.
“[The training] was beneficial and relevant to my job.” – Siti Nuraisyah, 34, Human Resource Manager.
“It’s a good experience to attend this workshop. I learned a lot and it was useful to me. Please do more classes and I am loving it. :-)” – Amirah Sofia, 26.
“The instructor and management team were very good. Love your good work to help people on communication skills and English matters.” – Nazihah, 32, Town Planner.
“Thanks for the wonderful class. I’ve learned a lot and most importantly, Madam Azimah has showed a simple and fun way to improve my English communication skills in my daily activities. Looking forward to another course.” – Salmi, age 33.
“It’s really helpful and I found the answers that I was looking for. I can’t wait to plan and practice [the teachings]. Hoping I will have the courage to do it.” – Fazlina Najwa, 36, Management Operations Lead.
“Awesome!! I’m so happy I came!!” – Adibah, 36, Teacher.
“Thank you so much. The sessions have built my self-esteem and have taught me how to speak and communicate well with others.” – Azreen, age 29.
“Teacher Azimah, I used to be afraid to speak English. You gave me a stage. I dared to challenge myself. In your speech class, I conquered the fear. Thank you.” – Wang Xia, student from China, age 32.
“You inspire me to be a better person and improve my confidence level. Thank you, Madam!” – Mukminah, age 25.
“Thank you very much. I have learned a lot of great input and I will apply them in my daily life.”- Nurul Husna, age 25.
“Thanks for sharing the knowledge with us. I have learned so much from the workshop.” – Hasfiza, 24.
“Thanks a lot! I’ve learned so much during the sessions and I am really looking forward to joining this kind of programme again.” – Anis Nasuha, 24.